I’m Ms. Swift, an intern student at The University of Michigan-Dearborn. I’m working collaboratively with Mrs. Stone and Ms. Jones in your children’s classroom for the fall 2014 semester. Our goal is for each of our students to experience a rich educational environment. This school year, our classroom’s big idea is movement and motion. Through traditional lesson plans and inquiry work, the children have been exploring, sound through movement. Children, were given the opportunity to use musical instruments to explore sound, while simultaneously using imagery (children viewed live images of themselves on a television screen), as a result some children have connected vision to movement.
Next, I began to wonder, “What does sound in motion look like?” During, a finger-painting exploration, I observed a student, represent “sound in motion”. To illustrate, she, places both of her hands in the finger paint, then she moves both hands across the paper, while using a swaying motion. She sings, “The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish all through the town.” The children appear to be very interested in sound, movement and motion, therefore we will continue to explore the concept of “sound in motion”.
Furthermore, most of what children learn and do requires coordination of multiple systems that mediate production of speech, efficient limb and whole body movements, as well as dexterous movement of hand and fingers. As early childhood teachers, we measure cognitive development in young children, through their behavior and actions, specifically their motor output and verbal out. Considering, our students age group, it is appropriate practice to engage children’s learning through sensorimotor activities. The developmentally appropriate activities we are using in our classroom, will aid in identifying your child’s current level of sensorimotor abilities, so further development of those types of skills (fine motor, vision, hearing, gross motor and cognition) can be sought after through the planning and implementation of future lessons.
In our classroom, we have posted a communication board. Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas or any observations you’ve witnessed your child partake in at home, as it relates to movement and motion. In the future, I look forward to discussing your thoughts about your child’s interests, in reference to our classroom’s big idea.
Ms. Nicole Swift
I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and the work I have been doing in the classroom. My name is Kelsey and I am interning this semester with Catie and Julianna. I am pleased to be working with in the classroom with Catie and Julianna and all of the children. I have enjoyed my time in the classroom thus far. I have been working with the children on movement and motion objects. We are focusing on how we can impact the movement of objects with our own bodies and also making those movements visible to us. This seems to be of interest to all of the children within the classroom as it is a main idea that Catie and Julianna are also exploring with the children. I have been working on exploring visible motion with children by using mediums like paint and crayons to track their movements. Recently we explored the movements of cars by placing paint on the tires of the cars. Throughout the semester I will be working with the children on tracking their movements and making them visible. You will be able to see the work and explorations we have been doing at Curriculum Night which is November 12th after school.
I look forward to an amazing semester and seeing everyone at Curriculum Night.